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a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes



an individual stanza of four lines. The rhyming pattern in a quatrain is abab (alternating rhyme), aabb (plain rhyme), or abba (enclosing rhyme). Persian poetry and its imitations use the form aaba, and less frequently, aaaa.

The quatrain is used for inscriptions, epitaphs, epigrams, and apothegms. The four-line stanzas of sonnets are also called quatrains. The following poem by F. I. Tiutchev is an example of a quatrain as an independent verse:

Nam ne dano preduagadat’
Kak slovo nashe otzovetsia—
I nam sochuvstvie daetsia,
kak nam daetsia blagodaV …
We are not given to foresee
What reaction our words will cause—
So we are given sympathy
As if we were given divine grace….

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Still, there is a formal tour de force in "The Wind," written in iambic tetrameter quatrains with an abab rhyme scheme.
Aside from its dodecasyllabic quatrains, which means it has 12 syllables per line, and 4 lines per stanza, Balagtas earned praises for writing in Tagalog as most of pieces at that time were in Spanish.
As "excerpts" from the fictive opera "O Tongue in Cheek," Bergerson presented in his book Palindromes and Anagrams a total of 15 examples of what might be called "bipalindromic rhyming quatrains," quatrains in which there is an ABAB rhyme pattern and in which the first two lines and the second two lines are separately palindromical.
Many layers of contemporary Western culture are skewered by these quatrains of common meter, a form that puts one in mind of Dickinson.
The coordinating conjunction "Yet" in line nine, which also serves as an effective transitional word, helps form the sharp contrast between the first two quatrains and the third quatrain of the sonnet.
In examples of the former type the first two quatrains form the
Take this ear-lier pair of quatrains: "When gates of iron are chained in penury The old gate fortress will fall But the lion will rise again By the course of steel serpent "An alchemist of humble birth Shall transport base elements And turn rust and ruins Into an age of gold and glory" Now, it might be just me stretching it a bit but come on; "gates of iron chained" if that is not the liquidator's padlocks on the Warwick Street entrance in 1986 I'll get a Mackem tattoo on my bum.
They're versions of a Malay form of folk poetry called parttun, of which this is a self-descriptive example: Pantuns in the original Malay Are quatrains of two thoughts, but of one mind Athwart my two pontoons I sail away.
The Folger and College of Arms fragments differ from de Worde's other primers in their incorporation of English quatrains before each of the Hours of the Virgin and Short Hours of the Cross.
Another reviewer claimed that the "inexactness" of FitzGerald's translation had "allowed for the infusion of a modern element" into the quatrains. "That we have heard a good deal of late about Omar Khayyam is not due ...
Though his poetic statues is much inferior than his scientific one, high concepts and meanings that remained in the form of a limited few quatrains, they made him unclaimed and his scientific authority undermined by his poetic statues.
To date about 700 completed pieces of verse have been located, of which about 135 are limericks and humorous quatrains, though only 197 poems and 31 limericks and quatrains were published during his life.